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Senate passes bill to prevent and fight wildfires

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill to create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington. The bill, promoted by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, passed Friday in Olympia. House Bill 1168 now heads back to the...

Italy prosecutors: WHO exec lied about spiked virus report

Apr. 09, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors say a top World Health Organization official lied to them about a spiked WHO report into Italy’s coronavirus response, revealing private communications Friday that are likely to embarrass the U.N. health agency. Prosecutors in Bergamo...

Wyoming drone fleet to help with investigations, inspections

Apr. 09, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Highway Patrol have received $100,000 through a federal grant that will help launch a statewide program that would use drones to assist with investigations. Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Erik...

Strong storms, some tornadoes expected across parts of South

Apr. 09, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A storm system taking aim at the South could bring the threat of damaging winds and tornadoes to the region, forecasters said. At least a few tornadoes are expected Friday in parts of northeast Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the national...

Wildfire that evacuated Pinal County town now 20% contained

Apr. 08, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

DUDLEYVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire that led to the evacuation of all homes in the small Pinal County town of Dudleyville on Thursday was 20% contained after burning at least 12 structures authorities said. It's unclear how the fire started, but it quickly grew to...

California plans $536M for forests before wildfire season

Apr. 08, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will authorize $536 million toward forest management projects and efforts to reduce wildfires before the worst of the fire season strikes later this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders said Thursday. That more than...

Divers rescue Thai Buddhist monk trapped in flooded cave

Apr. 07, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Buddhist monk who was trapped by floodwaters inside a cave in northern Thailand for four days has been rescued by divers, a provincial official said Wednesday. The 46-year-old monk, Phra Manas, entered Tham Phra Sai Ngam cave in Phitsanulok province on...

'Chernobyl' and 'Harry Potter' actor Paul Ritter dies at 54

Apr. 06, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Versatile British actor Paul Ritter, whose roles ranged from a hapless suburban patriarch in sitcom “Friday Night Dinner” to a Soviet engineer who helps cause a nuclear disaster in “Chernobyl,” has died, his agent said Tuesday. He was 54 and had been suffering from a...

Wisconsin governor declares emergency because of wildfires

Apr. 05, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

MADISON, S.D. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday declared a state of emergency in response to dangerous wildfire conditions throughout the state. The executive order will ensure support from the Wisconsin National Guard and use of the Guard's Blackhawk...

23 Louisiana parishes eligible for disaster food stamps

Apr. 05, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People in 23 Louisiana parishes severely impacted by February's winter storms will be able to apply for disaster food stamps, with an application period that starts Monday. The application process for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition...